Trial in business burglaries case reset

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WALLA WALLA — Next week’s trial for a man suspected of committing a rash of commercial burglaries has been postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Dakota M. Hopkins had been scheduled to face a jury starting Tuesday.

But the proceedings have been postponed until Nov. 13 by Hopkins signing a waiver of his right to a speedy trial.

Hopkins has pleaded innocent to 24 crimes.

He initially was arrested Aug. 3 and charged with possessing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia. He then allegedly confessed to the string of eight Walla Walla burglaries, which began July 17.

A total of about $3,590 in cash and other items were stolen in the break-ins, and the businesses sustained damages estimated at $2,200, according to police.

In all, Hopkins is charged with eight counts of second-degree burglary, one count of second-degree malicious mischief, seven counts of third-degree malicious mischief, three counts of second-degree theft, one count of second-degree attempted theft, two counts of third-degree theft, and one count each of possessing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia.

The burglary charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Hopkins, 23, of 416 Willard St., Waitsburg, is being held in the County Jail.

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